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Poster: ringolevio Date: Dec 13, 2010 4:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: John Perry Barlow and WikiLeaks

It seems to me like the government is figuring out about the internet what the ordinary citizen is just figuring out about facebook - that if you let it all hang out online, other people can read it.

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Poster: yokosduo Date: Dec 13, 2010 1:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: John Perry Barlow and WikiLeaks

If you wrote your own Biography, what exactly would you say? We all make mistakes in this life, this is fundamental to personal growth and the evolution of our ideology.

From 1971 until 1995, Barlow wrote lyrics for the Grateful Dead, mostly through his relationship with Bob Weir. Among others, Barlow's songs include "Cassidy", "Estimated Prophet", "Black-Throated Wind", "Hell in a Bucket", "Mexicali Blues", "The Music Never Stopped", and "Throwing Stones".

In 1986, Barlow joined The WELL online community, then known for a strong Deadhead presence. He served on the company's board of directors for several years. In 1990, Barlow founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) along with fellow digital-rights activists John Gilmore and Mitch Kapor. As a founder of EFF, Barlow helped publicize the Secret Service raid on Steve Jackson Games. Barlow's involvement is later documented in the non-fiction book The Hacker Crackdown: Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier (1992) by Bruce Sterling. EFF later sponsored the ground-breaking case Steve Jackson Games, Inc. v. United States Secret Service. Steve Jackson Games won the case in 1993.

Barlow currently serves as vice-chairman of the EFF's board of directors. The EFF was designed to mediate the "inevitable conflicts that have begun to occur on the border between Cyberspace and the physical world." They were trying to build a legal wall that would separate and protect the Internet from territorial government, and especially from the U.S. government.

He is a Fellow with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School and Diamond Management & Technology Consultants, and a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. He spends much of his time on the road, lecturing and consulting.

Barlow also serves on the advisory boards of Clear Path International, TTI/Vanguard and the global company Touch Light Media founded by Anita Ondine.

He is listed as a Managing Partner at Algae Systems of Nevada, a company dedicated to commercializing a novel method for growing microalgae offshore as a biofuel feedstock. He is listed as a member of the faculty of the European Graduate School (EGS), in Saas-Fee, Wallis, Switzerland.

His writings include "A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace", which was written in response to the enactment of the Communications Decency Act in 1996 as the EFF saw the law as a threat to the independency and sovereignty of cyberspace. He argued that the cyberspace legal order would reflect ethical deliberation instead of the coercive power that characterized real-space governance. Therefore, they found it inappropriate to obtain order in the cyberspace by physical coercion. Instead ethics, enlightened self-interest and the commonwealth were the elements they believed to create a civilization of the Mind in Cyberspace. Later, articles such as "The Economy of Ideas" were also widely circulated in providing a vision for human creativity online.

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Poster: serious the dog Date: Dec 14, 2010 12:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: John Perry Barlow and WikiLeaks

A couple of points, which I'll preface with by saying I mean no personal slight towards anyone taking the time to engage in the discussion here. First, I'm really dismayed by the level of discourse displayed in some quarters here: "Fuck John Barlow", "Wikileak Turds" - is that kind of invective necessary to the debate, honestly? "Fucking Imbecile" - really? Just for not sharing your point of view? Barlow's done a lot of good work, as yokosduo's bio makes clear and he's entitled to an informed opinion...emphasis on "informed" - just like anyone else. Myself, I can appreciate the need for confidentiality, but am highly suspicious of secrecy on my government's part...I'll read what I can and form my own opinion on the Wikileaks issue...and as a "grownup" who came of age during the Nixon years, I know a smear campaign when I see one, which is why I remain skeptical of the villification of Mr. Assange, who, after all, represents a team of like-minded individuals. The only other thing I'd like to observe is the sheer irony of someone asking "Who cares what John Barlow thinks?" - John being one of the most vocal opponents to his bandmates' decision to pull all the GD soundboards from our beloved LMA!

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